Ray Hanania is a media analyst and political consultant specializing in Middle East issues and events, and mainstream American politics. He is President & CEO of Urban Strategies Group
Hanania writes several columns and provides commentary for broadcast media, including for:
Columnist: THE SAUDI GAZETTE Newspaper, Jedda, Saudi Arabia
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He was the political columnist at the Daily Southtown for seven years (1977-1985), the Chicago Sun-Times (1985-1992) and at the Southwest News-Herald (2002 - Present).
Hanania co-hosts the American Arab radio show "Radio Baladi" which is simulcast in three states on Friday mornings (7-8 am Central, 8-9 am Eastern) including in Michigan, Ohio and Northern Illinois.
Hanania Hosts Radio Chicagoland on WSBC AM 1240 Radio and simulcast on WCFJ AM 1470 Radio every Sunday in Chicago from 8 am until 10 am. Previously, he hosted live Chicago morning shows on WLS AM 890 Radio and recently on WJJG AM 1530 radio. For more information visit "The Ray Hanania Show".
Hanania is a blogger for the alJazeera Listening Post segment offering commentary on specific topics in the news
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Hanania covered Chicago City Hall for 16 years from 1976 through 1992, including every Chicago Mayor "from Daley to Daley".
MINI PROFILE OF RAY HANANIA
Ray Hanania is an award winning Palestinian American writer. He covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 until 1992 for the Daily Southtown and the Chicago Sun-Times. He launched his own political consulting firm Urban Strategies Group in 1992. Hanania provides analysis of Chicagoland, Illinois and national issues for the Southwest News-Herald Newspaper and analysis of Middle East issues for the Saudi Gazette. Hanania has managed the election campaigns of more than 60 candidates for public office from Chicago aldermen and cook county commissioner to statewide and congressional offices. He currently manages media for 13 municipal governments and elected officials.
Hanania has been an activist for Palestinian rights since the 1970s serving on the Arab American Congress for Palestine, the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and as national president of the Palestinian American Congress. He performs standup comedy for Arab and non-Arab groups, in English, across the country and around the world from Jerusalem to Dubai, Beirut and Ramallah.
Hanania believes that the biggest challenge Palestinians face is the growing extremism not just among religious fanatics but also secular rejectionists. Hanania believes that forcing Israel to accept a Palestinian State with its own boundaries will eventually lead to peaceful relations that will result in the merging of both Israel and Palestine into one confederation where all citizens are treated equally regardless of religion. Hanania believes that Israel’s extremists are strengthened by the failure of the peace process and are engaged in a sophisticated and deliberate strategy to rid history Palestine of all of its Christian and Muslim Arab inhabitants.
His views are not popular, especially among activists who reject peace based on compromise with Israel, but Hanania counters that the rejections, religious and secular, have failed to achieve any real goals and the only rights that Palestinians have today have come through negotiated peace from leaders like the late President Yasir Arafat, with whom Hanania served as a consultant on American public perceptions during the peace process.
Hanania is also the author of several books including the groundbreaking memoir “I’m Glad I Look Like a Terrorist: Growing up Arab in America.” It is the first book that tells the story of Palestinian and Arab life in America and in the biased anti-Arab mainstream American news media.
“Arabs do not understand the nuances of public relations and the true power of communications,” Hanania believes. “We need to silence the voices of extremism, bring our community together through the tolerance of our different views and by engaging in a more pro-active campaign to educate the American pubic through better media management.”
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NAMED "Best of the Best" Presenters/Speakers by LACONI (Library Administrators Conference of Northern Illinois, 2007)
Wins the 2009 Sigma Delta Chi Award for General Column Writing Sept. 2010
Named "Best Ethnic Columnist in America" by the New America Media (Nov. 2006).
JOURNALISM, OPINION ANALYSIS
A former talk show on WLS AM Radio for more than a decade from 1980 until 1992 (and previously on WBBM FM and WLUP FM radio), Hanania covered Chicago City Hall from "Daley to Daley" (1976-1992) writing for the Daily Southtown and the Chicago Sun-Times. He hosted Radio Chicagoland in Chicago on WJJG 1530 AM Radio Monday through Friday from 8 until 9:30 am for three years ending in 2011.
Hanania currently is the co-host of the American Arab/Muslim Radio show "Radio Baladi" which is broadcast in Chicago and Dearborn, and in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio every Friday morning from 7 to 8 am (Central, 8-9 am Eastern).
As a parttime, freelance media and political analyst, Hanania also provides media support for web pages and internal communications projects as well as providing media consulting to governments and businesses.
Hanania's columns on the Middle East have been published by YnetNews.com, the English language website of Israel's largest Hebrew Newspaper Yedioth Aharonoth, the Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, the Saudi Arabia Arab News, al-Quds Newspaper, as Sharq al-Awsat, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, NEWSWEEK, the New York Daily News, Newsday and the Orlando Sentinal. Hanania also provides video-blog commentaries for "The Listening Post" on Al-Jazeera English.
ARAB AMERICAN HISTORY
He is an activist for peace between Palestinians and Israelis speaking out against terrorism, violence, extremism, and religious fanaticism. He strongly supports and advocates for peace based on non-violence and compromise between Israel and Palestine.
"After Sept. 11, many Arab Americans like myself were targeted. Many were intimidated into denying or abandoning their Arab heritage. We lost employment, job opportunities and watched as our ethnic press was decimated. We had seven Arab American ethnic newspapers in Chicago before Sept. 11. After, all but one closed. Five years later, we have two. This is a pattern we've seen across the United States, not just in Arab American journalism but in business, industry and on the social level, too. I think that says everything about the challenges Arabs face in this country today. Using communications, we can change that and at the same time, make America the country it was intended to be."
Hanania is a co-founder of the National Arab American Journalists Association, is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the Society of Professional Journalists previously serving on their Diversity Board, the Asian American Journalists Association serving on their Media Watch Committee, and the Radius of Arab Writers Inc. (RAWI). He is the author of eight books including the humor books "I'm Glad I Look Like a Terrorist: Growing Up Arab in America" and "Talking to Israelis."